Yamashiro: A Feudal Fortress in the Hollywood Hills

The history of Yamashiro, a fanciful mish-mash of Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian architectural elements built by two German Jewish brothers, is as odd as its atmosphere.

About the Author

Hadley Meares is a writer, actress, and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel, "Absolutely," is now available on Amazon.
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